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Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes

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DEBUT 1969

Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes was a little girl who appeared in a variety of animated segments during the first season of Sesame Street. Described by the show's producers as "an arrogant, sanctimonious know-it-all," she frequently opened her segments by announcing, "This is Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes, the smartest girl in the whole world!"[1] The segments were produced by Ken Snyder.[2] Some segments also featured a monster with polka dots.

She appeared on one of the posters that was included in The Sesame Street Learning Kit, and three of her segments were included in The Sesame Street Book of Puzzlers. In print materials and merchandise, Alice's middle name has been variously spelled as "Braithwaith" and "Braitewaith." A few documents from the CTW archives refer to her as Baby Alice.


Alice decides to show the viewers what through means by pouring a bucket of paint into a vertical pipe, but it goes through when she puts her head under the tube rather than instantly.
Alice is standing next to a bathtub full of water. She is dry. A monster comes by and dumps the water on her, causing her to be wet, and then kisses her. "Blech!" she says. This episode is shown to be part of a "Bert and Ernie" sketch, in which Ernie laughs at the kiss and her reaction, though Bert thinks he finds it funny that the monster drenched her with the water in a bathtub; when Ernie explains it, Bert tells him he'd (Ernie) go "Blech" too if a monster suddenly appeared and kissed him. Ernie denies it until Beautiful Day Monster kisses him on the lips, and then Ernie does go, "Blech!" much to Bert's amusement this time.
Alice uses a brick wall to demonstrate around (by going around the wall), under (by pretending to climb under it), and over (by jumping over it, and crashing when she lands).
Alice displays a G, for "good." She gets kissed by a monster (and says "Blech!"), who says, "Gee, that was good!"
Alice and a monster use hot dogs to demonstrate "long" and "short".


  1. Lesser, Gerald S. Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street.
  2. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 240.

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